A Trillion Gallons Wasted: Fix-A-Leak Week Combats Common Household Leaks

WACO, TEXAS (3/18/15) – Record freezing temperatures have led to massive amounts of damage to homes across the nation. The harsh winter has caused thousands of homes to experience burst and leaking pipes, causing major damage – to both the home and the wallet. In addition, a rash of running toilets and dripping faucets have led to a trillion gallons of water wasted each year.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Fix a Leak Week, celebrating its seventh anniversary, will be held March 15 - 22. Mr. Rooter Plumbing will participate through offering complimentary whole home plumbing check-ups and an online tool designed to calculate how much water a home is wasting due to leaks.

According to the EPA, untreated leaks can add up to more than one trillion gallons of wasted water per year, equaling more than the combined annual water usage of Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami alone.

“Most people don’t realize that the small faucet drip is costing them a pretty penny and wasting a very valuable and limited resource,” says Mary Kennedy Thompson, licensed plumber and president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing. “Oftentimes, the leaks found in the home are fairly simple and inexpensive to correct. These include dripping faucets and leaking toilet flappers and valves.”

Mr. Rooter Plumbing offers these tips and tools to help alleviate the burdens a leak can cause:

  • Check the homes water usage during winter months. If your usage exceeds 12,000 gallons a month, it is possible you have a leak.
  • If a faucet is leaking, replace the faucet washers and gaskets if they appear worn. Tighten loose shower heads.
  • Running toilets can waste more than 200 gallons of water daily. A simple method for checking for leaks is placing one to three drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. After 15 minutes, if the water in the bowl has changed color, you have a leak. Old flappers are often the cause of these leaks. Replace any flappers that have decayed or retained mineral build-ups to alleviate this problem.

“These simple tips can save a homeowner money and can save millions of gallons of water annually,” says Thompson. “All of our small efforts combined can lead to big change.”

For more information on Fix a Leak Week, click here.

To access Mr. Rooter’s Drip calculator, click here.